President Meets US Senators
Zimbabwe is committed to re-engaging the United States to establish a sustainable and mutually beneficial future relationship, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Addressing journalists after meeting US senators, who had earlier conceded to the harmful effects American sanctions had on ordinary Zimbabweans, President Mnangagwa said his administration welcomed constructive criticism.
The delegation consisted of Messrs Chris Coons, Jeff Flake, Cory Booker, Michael Bennet and Garry Peters, who are members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. They met President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday.
Senators Coons and Flake are behind drafting proposed amendments to the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act, the American legislation that imposes sanctions on Zimbabwe. The senators arrived in the country on Friday and depart today after a series of meetings over the weekend with Government, political and civil society officials.
Senator Coons said President Mnangagwa had set the right tone for re-engagement through a host of policies and programmes, and described the Zimbabwean leader’s op-ed article in the New York Times last month as encouraging. President Mnangagwa said the impression of hostilities between Zimbabwe and the US was a media creation.